With the playoffs underway, here's the final coaches' poll of the 2018 season in Wisconsin high school softball.
Division 1: Sun Prairie stayed at #3 this week, still undefeated at 23-0. The Cardinals boast both the player and coach of the year in the Big 8 in honors announced Wednesday. Sun Prairie will play the winner of Middleton and Madison Memorial on Friday to open up the postseason. Verona and DeForest haven't been in the poll for the past few weeks, but Verona picked up five first-team all-conference nods in the Big 8. Verona is the #4 seed in Division 1's Sectional #3 (Sun Prairie is the top seed) and will play against Madison East Wednesday night, while DeForest is the sectional's #2 seed and has a bye until Friday, where they will take on the winner of Monona Grove and La Crosse Central.
Division 2: Beloit Turner, at 19-0 and the Rock Valley champs, is #1 in D2 again this week, and will play conference foe Edgerton, fresh off of a 9-5 win in a furious rally against Jefferson on Tuesday night, in their playoff opener Wednesday night. Badger South champ Monroe is 22-2 and stays at #3, and will open up their playoff journey tonight by hosting Whitewater out of the rugged Rock Valley. Portage bumps up to #8 from #10 with a 17-4 record after being unranked three weeks ago, with their playoff opener set Wednesday night against Edgewood. Another Rock Valley team, McFarland, dropped out of the top 10 to the honorable mention category from #9 with a 16-5 record. They'll get Reedsburg tonight to begin the playoffs.
Division 3: Poynette (18-1) remains #1 this week for the second straight poll, and opens regional play with Waterloo on Wednesday night. Dodgeville moves up to #5 with a 16-1 record after receiving honorable mention only three weeks ago. They've got a top seed and host ninth-seeded Viroqua on Wednesday night. Marshall, #1 a month ago, is #9 this week at 14-4 and will be the three-seed against sixth-seeded Lakeside Lutheran Wednesday night in a playoff opener. River Valley falls out of the poll entirely this week, and as the fourth seed will take on Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Wednesday night in a regional semifinal. Columbus was #10 in the past month, out of the poll at one point, but back in for this one at 10-6 in the honorable mention category. The Cardinals take on Palmyra-Eagle in the regional Wednesday night in a 2-7 match-up. Lake Mills, which placed in honorable mention three weeks ago, is still on the outside looking in to the poll. They'll get a battle-tested Brodhead Wednesday night at home in a four-five seed match-up.
Division 4: Defending champ and #3 Juda/Albany (16-3) stays at #3 this week and actually earned a three-seed in a loaded bracket, behind one-loss Horicon and two-loss Johnson Creek. The Panthers will face Racine Lutheran Wednesday night in their regional opener. Johnson Creek at 18-2 is down a spot to #8, part of Juda/Albany's deep regional as the two-seed, and will get Williams Bay Wednesday night to open the postseason. Parkview (14-5) lost three times last week and falls from #9 to honorable mention, and is the four-seed in the D4, Sectional 4 half-sectional that has four teams either ranked or honorable mention. The Vikings will get Deerfield on Wednesday night. Also in the honorable mention category is Mineral Point (13-4), who earned a top seed and will face Darlington in their regional opener. Wisconsin Heights (9-2) also fell out of the top ten, from #10 to honorable mention. The Vanguards are the two-seed behind Mineral Point and play Fennimore on Wednesday night. Boscobel has been out of the poll for two weeks, but they are a three-seed and get Iowa-Grant on Wednesday night.
Division 5: Former #1 Belmont moves up a spot to #4 with a 20-5 record. Belmont will play River Ridge on Wednesday night. Highland continues their roller-coaster ride through the poll, but are #5 this week, trading places with Belmont, and will host Argyle on Wednesday night. Oakfield was unranked three weeks ago, but is #6 for the second straight week. The top-seeded Oaks get Rio on Wednesday night. Barneveld was in the polls in the preseason, was unranked for this month's poll until last week, stays in the top ten this week at #9. Barneveld is a three-seed and faces Southwestern on Wednesday night. Southwestern was #9 two weeks ago, and is in the honorable mention category this week. #10 Seneca remains in place at 17-2 despite five wins last week, and is the top seed in their part of the playoff bracket. They'll see Hillsboro on Wednesday night. Three weeks ago, Ithaca was #5, but is again in the honorable mention category this week. Their playoff journey begins Wednesday night with Weston as the three-seed. Black Hawk remains in the honorable mention category at 11-6, and is a five-seed in a match-up with Potosi, who was #8 three weeks ago.
Last week's poll: